If you’ve ever wondered if, or even how, you are making a difference, stop and listen to the voice of God through these strong little voices. A reminder was given to Grandma Karen as she was riding the bus with the young girls on their way to camp. Grandma Karen was making her rounds up and down the aisle when she noticed a young camper who looked familiar.
She leaned towards the young girl exclaiming, “I remember you!”
The young camper replied, “Yes! I remember my first year at camp, I was having a hard time falling asleep. You came in and patted my back to help me fall asleep.” Grandma Karen felt tears in her eyes.
You don’t always comprehend or feel the impact you are making on those around you. This young girl remembered the giant, safe impact Grandma Karen made on her years ago. Trust that God grants us the invitation and permission to make long lasting change in these children’s lives. It’s as if Grandma Karen sprinkled a little pinch of fairy dust to create a beautiful connection to a child of God.
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Onward & Upward is our weekend-long retreats for 13-15 year olds. The retreats use a curriculum focusing on character traits of godly men and women. We began this semi-annual program in 2004 with 39 teenagers and 46 volunteers.
SUMMIT is our weekend-long retreats for 16-18 year olds. The curriculum focuses on skills that will help them function better as adults. Examples include managing bank accounts, completing job applications, & mock interviews. We began this semi-annual program in 2007 with 12 teens and 16 volunteers.
RISE is a weekend-long retreat offered in April for teen boys and November for teen girls, ages 12-18. OFC will continue to use a 2:1 teen to counselor ratio at RISE, and the curriculum and activities are designed to help teens build self-esteem and navigate gender-specific issues.
Our Father's Children exists to provide HOPE to children of abuse and neglect in Texas, ages 6-18, in camp settings and weekend retreats. We recruit volunteers from a variety of cities, churches and organizations who have a heart for offering these kids hope in Jesus Christ. Whether as a volunteer or donor (or both), we would love to have you join us in providing hope to these kids!